Wednesday, 29 April 2020

TA Pro Tour Finals, round 1 section 1/4

Let's go:


Keegan BrownLegMichael van Gerwen
00111
00212
00313
11403
21503
20614
31704
30815
41905
401016
511106
501217
611307
601418
711508
701619
7017110

Surprisingly close for a #1 seed game, but Keegan was able to stop a possible steamrolling and hold his throw to keep it close until near the end game, before van Gerwen grabbed the critical second break to end the match.

Jason LoweLegSteve Lennon
11100
10211
21301
31401
41501
40612
40713
51803
61903
711003
701114
701215
811305
911405
1011505
We'll have a UK Open rematch in round 2, at the same stage as in that event - Lennon was able to get a couple of breaks, but was never able to get the break ahead, and Jason was able to push to a comfortable enough win.

Rowby John RodriguezLegJonny Clayton
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00212
11302
10413
10514
21604
20715
20816
31906
301017
301118
301219
411309
4014110
One way traffic in this next one with the most emphatic win to date, Clayton able to break the Rodriguez throw more often than Rowby held it, securing a double break in leg seven which he never let go of to cruise into round two.

Michael SmithLegStephen Bunting
11100
21200
31300
41400
40511
40612
51702
50813
50914
501015
501116
501217
611307
711407
811507
801618
911708
901819
1011909
The first real close game, although it wasn't looking that way initially, as Smith had the throw for a 5-0 first session win, but Bunting would win seven of the next eight legs to grab a 7-5 lead, but Bully Boy would get the critical break back to level at 7-7 then held out to get to a deciding leg and hold for the match.

Jim WilliamsLegKrzysztof Ratajski
00111
00212
11302
10413
21503
20614
31704
41804
40915
401016
511106
501217
501318
611408
711508
701619
7017110
A first leg break would prove to be enough for the Polish number one as the challenge of non-card holder Jim Williams would end at the first hurdle - Jim would never be able to get things back on throw for more than one leg as future breaks were traded, and one final break would clinch the win for Ratajski.

Danny NoppertLegJoe Cullen
11100
21200
31300
41400
51500
50611
61701
60812
71902
701013
811103
801214
911304
1011404
The first seeding upset, and it's a pretty one sided game - Cullen couldn't get out of the traps at all as Noppie raced to a sweep in the opening session. Joe would be able to hold his throw consistently in sessions two and three but couldn't threaten the Noppert throw, and one final break would seal the deal for the former Lakeside finalist.

Gary AndersonLegMadars Razma
11100
10211
21301
20412
20513
20614
31704
30815
41905
511005
611105
711205
811305
911405
1011505
This was more comfortable than it looked for the Flying Scotsman, as Latvia's number one was able to nick a break going into the first TV break, but Anderson repaid the favour at the end of the second session to level at 5-5, the second leg of a seven leg spurt from the twice champion that put him into round two.

Kim HuybrechtsLegDirk van Duijvenbode
11100
21200
31300
30411
30512
30613
41703
51803
61903
601014
711104
701215
701316
811406
911506
901617
1011707
To close this post, we get another seeding upset, as TA Pro Tour finalist van Duijvenbode was never able to get a real foothold in a swingy game, with each taking three legs in a row, and when Dirk finally got things back on throw at 6-7, Kim was able to break straight back to restore the two leg cushion and hold out from there.

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